Liza Dracup's finest : a barn owl hit by a lorry

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‘At first, I stored quiet about my technique. I favored to listen to individuals guess. However I really used a scanner’

The label connected to this barn owl says: “Discovered useless on entrance of lorry, on run from Edinburgh to Bradford on 1 November 1974.” As a result of the owl had stored so lots of its feathers, it most likely hit the lorry later within the journey, nearer to Bradford. It’s a part of the pure sciences assortment of Bradford Museums. You might stroll previous the constructing and by no means comprehend it was there. It’s acquired blacked-out home windows and it’s actually chilly.

The museum accommodates all types of specimens: eggs, moths, butterflies from all around the world, brightly colored unique birds’ heads. That’s what initially drew me in, however I ended up paring my choice right down to British birds and mammals. Plenty of my work is to do with northern England and lots of objects within the shops had been collected by strange individuals in that panorama, together with this owl.

The fowl is depicted in isolation, in opposition to a black background, like a European nonetheless life

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